Tempe, Ariz. - Markesha Collins went 3-for-4 and scored San Jose State's lone run in a 7-1 loss to #5/6 Oregon on Saturday afternoon at the Kajikawa Classic.
"This game proved that we are an extremely talented hitting team," said Spartans head coach Peter Turner, whose team left 11 runners on base. "Oregon is the number-five team in the country and we were not outmatched."
In the fifth inning, Collins generated the San Jose State (3-1) run singling to center field. She stole second and scored when Oregon shortstop Courtney Ceo could not handle the ball off the bat of Cheryl Freitas.
San Jose State held the Ducks (3-2) to just three runs going in to the sixth inning. But in the sixth, a bases-clearing double made the score, 6-1, and Oregon followed with another double to bring home a fourth run.
Starting pitcher Amanda Pridmore (2-1) took the loss. She gave up 12 hits, including a pair of solo homers in the second.
Jessica Garcia finished the game 2-for-4. Michelle Cox, Freitas, and Jessie Hufstetler had one hit each.
"We played very poorly," Turner said. "It is a catch-and-throw game and we could not catch or throw. It has been our mantra all season, that we have to catch and throw.
"We gave them every run, but two. That is why we lost," said Turner, whose team committed three errors, two of them in the Ducks' four-run sixth.
The Spartans finish the Kajikawa Classic with an 9:30 a.m. (MST) game against Cal Poly, followed by a match-up against Oregon State, at 11:00 a.m. (MST).